Light and Airy Wedding at Fort Fisher
Danielle and Channing were a treat to photograph; they hired me for their wedding in mid-2022, that I curated a beautiful gallery that reflects their unique style. I've uploaded a contact sheet for reference!
A quick disclaimer: I'm not a historical expert on this place, not that you're hiring because of it. I'm also writing this from experience, from scouting around and photographing a few of my client's weddings. My friends and I would come down once in a while to check out the flying kites and hang out at the rocks.
Danielle and Channing decided to elope at Fort Fisher with their friends. Native to Wilmington, it was a clear and easy choice that they would rent a beach house and invite their friends. Danielle is an avid climber, while Channing is a motorcycle enthusiast.
It was a simple yet elegant way to spend your wedding at Fort Fisher. If you're looking to elope at Fort Fisher, don't hesitate to contact me here!
Getting married at Fort Fisher
According to North Carolina Historic Sites, couples in North Carolina can get married at any of their four locations with a signed agreement and a special use permit.
Permit: A Special Use Permit is only good for 3 hours—the latest time you can reserve is at 4PM.
Recommendations: 1 hour to set up, 1 hour for the ceremony, and 1 hour for photography
Four Locations: Ocean Grove North, Ocean Grove Center, Ocean Grove South, and Fort Grove
Price: Fort Fisher Historic Park offers two oceanfront Gazebos, which can be reserved for weddings. To secure either Gazebo, a fee of $1000 to $1500 is required for a three-hour block. Additionally, there is a $500.00 fee for the reservation.
Events Offered: Vow Renewals, Weddings, Elopements, Microweddings.
Unfortunately, Fort Fisher can no longer host receptions.
Here's a map of Fort Fisher with names, Ocean Grove North, Ocean Grove Center, Ocean Grove South, Fort Grove. You can download or screenshot this for reference.
1610 Ft. Fisher Blvd
Kure Beach, NC 28449
They're open on Tuesday –Saturday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
and closed Sunday, Monday, and most major holidays
Admission is free
Call: (910) 251-7346
Engagement Sessions Start at $400
- 60 minute Session
- Creative Direction + Planning
- Edited Photos
- Unlimited Downloads
- Online Gallery
What Should I Wear for Engagement Photos at Fort Fisher?
Women's wear for engagement session
I would suggest wearing something long and flow-y, its usually safe bet. Pastel colors always feel luxurious. I'd keep patterns to minimum. When were doing our sessions, were looking for comfortability. You might want to jump on their back or run towards the ocean. Since dresses aren't restricting clothing, they're best for any location you'll want your engagement sessions in. They all go well with Men's + Unisex Wear.
Since were going to be in the sand, I encourage wearing flats. Wearing high heels only for when were at the shore. But I wouldn't recommend it. Boots are surprisingly great in mobility which is why I included it on the screenshot.
Watches, pair of earrings, sunglasses, necklace, belt are all optional.
Can wear a jacket over the dress
Men's + Unisex Wear for Engagement Session
These items are very straightforward. I screenshot all of these from Amazon.com. My choice of pants are either black or blue dress pants with a white, light blue or pink long sleeved top.
Black or Brown belt, black or blue loafers which you can also purchase from any Belk in Wrightsville. I prefer the one Oleander.
You can wear these watches, blue or black, nothing distracting.
Sunglasses can try on at a mall nearby, or these I've screenshot on Amazon. I wouldn't mind a hat either as its a perfect beach vibe.
Suspenders are optional
Wear a blazer or coat